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John's Gospel is unique in designating the Holy Spirit as "Comforter" or "Helper" (14:16). As part of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit extends the ministry of Jesus to the end of this age. The Spirit leads believers to understand the meanings, implications, and imperatives of the gospel, and enables them to do "greater works" than those done by Jesus (14:12). This is a new commentary series for the Charismatic and Pentecostal faiths. Each of these authors has been hand picked by Dr. Jack Hayford because they represent the finest in conservative evangelical Spirit-filled scholarship in North America. All have written in a way that can be understood by the average reader
The final words of the Gospel of John might also be written about John's gospel itself: "There are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (21:25). Books about the fourth gospel fill library shelves; courses on John are prominent in colleges and seminaries; and film and dramatic presentations based on John are produced every year. John's gospel has inspired Christian believers and challenged biblical scholars since the time of its composition. Why does it inspire? Why does it challenge?
In this commentary, Dr. Jonathan D. Huntzinger shows that John's book is unique among the gospels because it emphasizes that Jesus offers the eternal life of God to the people of God. Huntzinger shows that John describes Jesus as God's Word upon whom the Spirit descended and remained, so that John's readers will see the ministry of Jesus as the beginning of a new creative work of God.
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